Recently, IAM Victory Lodge 1725 members donated their time and money to provide a special Christmas for 49 children attending the Renaissance West STEAM Academy (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). The children, who are either staying in shelters or homeless, hung their wish lists on Christmas trees, and Victory Lodge 1725 members picked a name and delivered one or all of the items on the list to the kids.
“The principal and counselor were all really excited about what we were able to do for the families,” said IAM Victory Lodge 1725 President Helena Thornton. “Since adopting the school in 2017, we have done different things for them, from feeding the teachers on Teacher Workshop Days, bringing food to the school for the families in need of it over the weekends, providing school supplies, and even giving a Christmas Party to all 600 children in 2019.”
“IAM Victory Lodge 1725 has a long, storied history of giving back to their community,” said IAM Air Transport General Vice President Richie Johnsen. “Our members have always placed great importance in servicing their communities and this is another great example of the work IAM members do year-round to make a difference in people’s lives. My gratitude goes out to all Victory Lodge 1725 volunteers who took part in this event.”
The Renaissance West STEAM Academy (RWSA) is a CMS Pre-K to 8th-grade neighborhood school located in the Renaissance neighborhood. The STEAM Academy has a strong literacy focus at every grade. The school serves as a community hub for the Renaissance and has an integrated focus on academics, health and family services, youth programs, and community engagement. This integrated approach contributes to academic achievement, strong families, and healthier communities. The STEAM Academy is a centerpiece of the community.